That's right, Gavin (who really does need no introduction (Greening of Gavin)) is now 50! He can now join the rest of us known as "old and wise". Some might say this title comes much later and I'm well aware that i learn more every day, but i'd like to think that once 50 you've been around the block a few times and might have accumulated some wisdom from having made so many mistakes and survived to talk about it.
This is especially true with Gavin and there are many, many, many, many (OK, so he has a lot of followers and readers - don't rub it in) who have benefited from his wealth of experience and knowledge. What i love the most is that if he doesn't know something, he researches it, masters it and then freely shares it with the rest of us.
I'm keeping both Gav and Kim in my "friend" book because when the world does go to shit and we have to start looking after ourselves a bit more, i want him close. Did i tell you i was 50 and therefore wise?
The opening picture was drawn by the lovely Kim (Gav's better half) and was on the front of MY invitation. Note that he carries a bottle of beer and a pizza. I can assure you that this was an accurate representation of last night as the homemade pizza and beer flowed freely. Nothing taste quite as good as pizza cooked in a cob oven. His garlic pizza is to die for - it had a sprinkling of sea salt on it which gave it the wow factor.
|Mega Lasagna!!! Loving this tin.|
The highlight of the evening was a musical interlude sung and played by Kim and the family. The original song was titled "Its All About You" and it brought many laughs and the odd tear from Ole Gav. My favourite lines from the song (which i have a very bad recording of) were:
Yesterday Teddy asked us how old are you
Holly said you were 92, Its all about youuuuu......
Bunty said your very cute, shes in love with youuuuu
The chickens, all agreed you're a hundred and twoooo...
Well you get the picture it was very funny and sweet. It was truly lovely to see a family who obviously enjoy being together and having fun.
When Jess, Gav and I were huddled around the dying embers of the pizza oven we were playing phone wars showing photos of our garden. Thank God i had something to show as my garden is half empty and minuscule compared to theirs. The following were my weapons of choice taken Saturday morning:
|My first mandarin, ever!|
|Miss Tilly proof onion bed - looking good.|
|Peas on their way up and podding already - crazy weather|
|Lots of Cos|
|More lettuce and garlic chives|
|Pepper bush still going from spring of 12/13. Something is eating the leaves on this as well.|
Keeping in mind that it is Mid Autumn and we should all be starting to rug up and have all our winter crops well and truly in, Melbourne's weather for the last two weeks has been crazy:
Temps in Celsius
Wed 14 - 21
Thur 15 - 22
Fri 16 - 23
Sat 17 - 24
Sun 18 - 21
Mon 19 - 24
Tues 20 - 26
Wed 21 - 22
Thur 22 - 23
Fri 23 - 23
Sat 24 - 21
This is the longest run of over 20's ever recorded in May. I don't think the veggies and other plants know what to do. There are so many things flowering they must think its spring.
Early Saturday morning my big sis turned up bearing orange juice, bread and bacon. I guess she wanted breakfast. Coooool. We later went SHhhhhhh "shopping" for some winter clothes (on sale) and spent the afternoon visiting another friend who was supporting her daughter's new business venture selling Oasis Homewares. If you are interested in anything or looking at a catalogue, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karen was one of my Shoestring leaders when i was first starting out on this gardening adventure and so i was keen to see her garden. She now works full time and so she had not been out there for a while. It was amazing to see what grew all on its own with no attention. She reached down and grabbed a hand full of leaves and pulled up a bunch of heritage carrots all sizes and shapes.
|Funny how men go all silly when they see a misshaped carrot - well mine do anyway.|
Time to Escape to the Country (my normal Sunday wind down viewing) and some yummy cottage pie that has cooked whilst I've been entertaining you (or myself). Made from my slow cooked meat pasta sauce from the freezer, some added veggies (peas, corn etc) and covered in garlic mash a bit of cheese. Yummmm.
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